desk
noun Etymology: Middle English deske, from Medieval Latin desca, modification of Old Italian desco table, from Latin discus dish, disc — more at dish Date: 14th century 1. a. a table, frame, or case with a sloping or horizontal surface especially for writing and reading and often with drawers, compartments, and pigeonholes b. a reading table or lectern from which a liturgical service is read c. a table, counter, stand, or booth at which a person works 2. a. a division of an organization specializing in a particular phase of activity <
the Russian desk in the Department of State
>
b. a seating position according to rank in an orchestra <
a first-desk violinist
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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